With the new football season upon us Gareth Southgate continues to be a role model, not just for clubs and sports teams, but also for managers in the business world.
The England team had stagnated when he took over the reins and bringing fresh blood in will not have been without its difficult conversations.
What is worth noting is that there has been no sense of conflict as a result of the changes he has made; no disgruntled players taking to social media, no headlines about tensions in the team.
Whatever tricky conversations he has had have been carried out quietly behind the scenes.
Managing performance to get the best from a team will always involve challenging conversations. You don’t need a waistcoat to replicate Southgate’s professional handling of performance issues. It is just about having the right conversations at the right time.
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